LEESVILLE, La. (AP) — Students and teachers at Leesville High School will be working around a construction project for quite some time.

A two-story building that will contain 52 classrooms is being built now with more work to come when that phase of the $22 million project is completed.

Superintendent Jackie Self tells The Town Talk the new building, which is expected to be finished before the Christmas break in 2013, will include a freshmen wing and library along with a new kitchen and dining hall.

Principal Mark Freshley says the new cafeteria will have more lines to give students more variety.

Freshley say the current dining hall will be removed and replaced with a parking lot, meeting another need for the school.